BCCI to nominate either Sourav Ganguly or Jay Shah to replace Greg Barclay as ICC's president: Report

Greg Barclay's term will be ending in November

By Web Desk
July 21, 2022
Jay Shah (L) and Sourav Ganguly (R) — Twitter

KARACHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will nominate nominate Sourav Ganguly or Jay Shah to replace Greg Barclay as the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to the Gulf News, the local cricket governing body may propose either Ganguly or Shah to replace Greg Barclay, a New Zealander whose term expires in November.

BCCI's president Ganguly and secretary Shah will be completing their three-year tenure before the board's Annual General Meeting in September, and the question of whether the duo's administration can remain in power will be in the spotlight.

The Supreme Court's panel, led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, postponed the hearing of the Indian Cricket Board's request for a waiver of the required "cooling-off" period for their officeholders following a six-year tenure on Thursday to July 28.

The Supreme Court of India published the docket on Wednesday before delaying it by a day. It had been almost two years since the BCCI had filed the petition to modify its constitution (which was ratified by the apex court in 2018 following the recommendations of Justice R.M. Lodha). The court's selection of prominent attorney Maninder Singh as new amicus curiae on Thursday was the lone novel development. Amicus curiae, a legal phrase, refers to an objective advisor to a court of law in a particular case.

The case's significance is almost obvious given that the former Indian captain and Shah, the son of India's Home Minister Amit Shah, have a three-year term ending in September 2022. Additionally, the case will determine whether India will claim the president's chair of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The BCCI approached the Supreme Court on July 15 to expedite their plea, which sought six amendments, including the waiving of the cooling off period. The deadline for the BCCI to decide on the fate of the top brass was drawing near, with the AGM just around the corner and the Indian board also scheduled to host the ICC World Cup next year. 

The BCCI's attempt to tone down the constitution was opposed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who on Monday filed an intervention plea with the Supreme Court.